Bazemore Wins as Dodge Dominates Funny Car Competition Scelzi Sets National Speed Record; First to 328 mph

Matco Tools ?2 Fast 2 Furious? Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car driver Whit Bazemore won his second NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national event of the season during today?s Lucas Oil Products NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. Bazemore defeated Tommy Johnson, Jr., in the final -- on the starting line. The Indianapolis resident logged a sizable starting-lane advantage (.069-.152) and held off Johnson with a 4.872-second elapsed time at 319.67 mph. T.J. ran a 4.839-second lap at 316.97 mph. ?This is Schumacher Racing?s home race,? said Bazemore, of team owner Don Schumacher -- who lives in nearby Chicago. ?We have made three-straight final rounds and have had two wins out of those. It says everything about our team and this organization. My teammate (Gary Scelzi) set the national speed record today with his Dodge, so it was a tremendous effort by everyone.? Bazemore won at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., two weekends ago. He also made a final-round appearance during last weekend?s show at Hearland Park Topeka (Kan.). ?Aerodynamics have played an increasingly more important role in Funny Car racing since the 90-percent rule came into effect,? Bazemore noted. ?It?s important -- when racing Funny Cars -- that you have a manufacturer behind you. A manufacturer that has the same goals as your team and puts forth the effort to give you a car that can go out and compete at the very top of the sport. That?s what Dodge and Mopar have done. They provide engineering support and wind tunnel support ? and the basic Stratus car is very good aerodynamically. Between this team and the Mopar engineers, it?s turned into the fastest ever Funny Car by a considerable margin. My teammate ran the mile per hour -- we?re second -- but we want to be first too.? Bazemore defeated Bob Gilbertson in the first round of eliminations, a tire-smoking Del Worsham in round two and John Lawson in the semifinal. Bazemore also moved closer in the POWERade Funny Car title chase as well, now only 36 points behind point leader Tony Pedregon.
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